Cannon River Art & Water Festival | May 2019 E-Newsletter

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We believe that everyone should be able to swim and fish in clean local rivers
and lakes and drink clean water from our wells
May 2019                                                                        

Cannon River Art &

Water Festival


Saturday May 11th,

Riverside Park, Northfield

The Cannon River Art & Water Festival takes place on Saturday, May 11, 10 am-4 pm at Riverside Park (on the corner of Poplar Street and 8th St. West) in Northfield, Minnesota. This festival is a celebration of our rivers, lakes, and drinking water in Northfield and its surroundings.
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The Minnesota ZoomobileIrish Folk Musician Laura MacKenzie, the Cannon River Currents and Louis and Dan (& the Invisible Band) will be on the Showmobile Stage. We’ll have reptiles and amphibians from the Minnesota Herptelogical Society, and River Bend Nature Center Naturalists helping familes net aquatic insects in the River Insect Safari. Get well water tested at the MN Department of Agriculture’s “Nitrate Well Water Clinic” (10 am-2 pm).

10 am-4 pm Family-friendly hands-on art and water activities, including the “River Insect Safari,” “Fishing Printing,” and “Water Windsocks”

10 am-2 pm Free Nitrate Well Water Testing by the Minnesota Department of AgricultureShow Picture 3 (1)Performances:
10 am Irish Folk Musician Laura MacKenzie

10:55 am Louis and Dan & the Invisible Band

11:30 am MN Zoomobile “Minnesota Animals Show

12:30 pm Irish Folk Musician Laura MacKenzie

1:25 am Louis and Dan & the Invisible Band

2:00 pm MN Zoomobile “Minnesota Animals Show

3:00 pm The Cannon River Currents

CRWP 2019 Annual


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6:30-8:00 pm
River Bend
Nature Center
Trailside Building
1000 Rustad Rd., Faribault, MN

6:30-7:00 pm Social Time with CRWP Members & Staff
7:00-8:00 pm Annual Meeting

Special Presentation by Award -Winning Conservation Famer Tim Little

Find out how Cannon River Watershed Partnership is “Making Clean Water Happen” in your neighborhood. Hear about our successes in 2018 and what’s coming up for the “2019 Northfield Year of Water” and other events in the watershed. We’ll be voting for new CRWP Board Members, so make sure your membership is current so you can vote!

Please RSVP to Kevin Strauss at

New and Expanded Wildlife

Management Areas in the Cannon

River Watershed

WMA image1St. Paul, MN: The Trust for Public Land, Great River Greening, and the Carson River Watershed Partnership today announced the protection of nearly 280 acres in additional Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) to be managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This newly protected public land is available for people to get outside and explore in the Cannon River Watershed, and offers exceptional hunting, fishing, hiking, and bird-watching opportunities.

Managed by the DNR, WMAs are the backbone of wildlife management efforts in Minnesota, while also an important part of the state’s outdoor recreation system and are established to protect lands and waters that have a high potential for wildlife production, public hunting, trapping, fishing, and other compatible recreational uses….To read more, click here.

Contact Alan Kraus, Conservation Program Manager at or at 507-786-3913 for more information about this opportunity for you to protect, restore, and enhance habitats in the Cannon River Watershed.

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Transform Your Yard Into a Monarch Oasis

You’ve probably heard about the plight of the monarch butterfly. For years, WP_Monarch1monarchs have been struggling to find the plant most vital to their survival: milkweed. As a result of the widespread use of herbicides, milkweed has become scarce along the monarchs’ 2,500-mile migration from Mexico to northern Minnesota. As a result, the monarch population has dropped as much as 90%. To read more, click here.

Can You Help “Make

Clean Water Happen”?

CRWP has two great volunteering opportunities coming up.

Faribault Arbor Day/Beautification Day
Alexander Park / Two Rivers Park, Faribault
Saturday, May 4th, 9:00 am-11:00 am

Arbor Day—9:00-9:30 am Help plant some trees at Alexander Park, then cross the road to Two Rivers Park for…

Beautification Day—9:30-11:00 am at Two Rivers Park (right across the street from Alexander Park) join CRWP and City of Faribault staff in a Beautification Day cleanup of Two Rivers Park. The City of Faribault will provide gloves, bags, garbage grabbers, and orange vests.

Please RSVP for Beautification Day to Kevin Strauss, CRWP Community Engagement Coordinator,, 507-786-3913

Cannon River Art & Water Festival
Riverside Park (corner of 8th Street W. and Poplar Street), Northfield

We need volunteers to help set up tables and chairs  from 9 am-10 am, and to take down tables and chairs 4 pm-5 pm. If you can lend a hand, contact Kevin Strauss at or at 507-786-3913.

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Upcoming Northfield
Year of Water Events

(All events are open to the public, visit websites to learn about registration or ticket purchases)


States of Water
Art at Northfield City Hall
Reception on May 21, 5-6 pm

Cannon River Art & Water Festival
May 11, 10 am-4 pm
Riverside Park in Northfield
Family-friendly art and water activities, live music, live animal shows, food truck, education about water and art

Cannon River Mill Talk
May 16, 6:30-8:00 pm
Northfield Historical Society


Fluid: Water Inspired Work from the Carleton Art Collection
June 20 – July 28, 2019
Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

We Are Water: Watershed Art Exhibit
June 14-July 27
The Guild, Northfield
Water-themed visual art show by local and regional artists.

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We Are Water Museum Exhibit
June 20-July 28
Tuesday Friday: noon to 6pm
Saturday: 11am to 3pm

Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

Interactive, family-friendly exhibit that celebrates about how important clean water is in Minnesota for fishing, swimming, drinking, canoeing and boating. Learn about the health or area rivers and lakes and what we can do to help clean up and protect our rivers, lakes, and drinking water.

Cannon River Historic Photo Exhibit
June 27-July 9
Northfield Historical Society

Grand Opening for We Are Water Exhibit
June 29, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College/
Northfield Arts Guild

Music, art walk from The Guild  to the Weitz Center, presentation by MN State Agency staff, local officials, Water Bar, family-friendly water activities.

Nibi Walk Orientation Training
June 30, 
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Learn how to participate in the Nibi Walk program of the Indigenous People’s Task Force, led by Sharon Day. She will lead us in a Nibi walk: an Indigenous-led, extended ceremony to pray for the water July 12-15.

To learn more and register, click here.

2019 Water Summit:
Bridging Science and Society

May 9 | Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul
May 10 | Optional half-day narrated field tour

At the 2019 Water Summit, we will explore new and innovative ways to protect our surface and groundwater resources, while also highlighting the role people play in determining
the outcomes of our work.

Register and learn more here:


Volunteers Needed for Wetland Monitoring in Dakota County

The North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization (NCRWMO) sponsors a team to monitor two wetlands in the watershed each summer through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP).  The two wetlands are located just outside of Northfield city limits in Greenvale Township.

For more information, go to 
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